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ex-HMS J-802

BYMS-2002 served the Royal Navy and Greek Customs

BYMS-1 Class Motor Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 11 August 1941 as BYMS-2 by the American Car and Foundry Co., Wilmington, DE
  • Reclassified J-802
  • Launched 2 April 1942
  • Completed, transferred to Great Britain 22 June 1942 and commissioned HMS J-802
  • Reclassified HMS BYMS-2002
  • Returned to U.S. custody 1 September 1947
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to the State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission in August 1947
  • Sold to Greek Customs and used as a contraband chaser
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 270 t.
  • Length 136'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 8'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 32
  • Armament: One 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 20mm mounts and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Two 880bhp General Motors 8-268A diesel engines, Snow and Knobstedt single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    BYMS-2002 436k From U.S. For Britain Against Axis. An American-made mine sweeper for the Royal Navy, J-802, slides down the ways at American Car and Foundry Company, Wilmington, Delaware, April 2, 1942
    Office of War Information photograph Lot 9431-14 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    HMS J-802
    BYMS-2002 69k 27 August 1942
    Photo 1323-42 from the Collections of the Imperial War Museum
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for BYMS-2002
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    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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